The united statesCommerce Division’s Nationwide Institute of Requirements and Expertise (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has made one cooperative settlement award to PRiMEX, the Puerto Rico Manufacturing Extension Heart as a part of its 2020 NIST Manufacturing Catastrophe Evaluation Program Discover of Funding Alternative (NOFO) 2020-NIST-MEP-MDAP-01.  The funding alternative invitations functions from present recipients of Manufacturing Extension Partnership Heart cooperative agreements (MEP Facilities) to carry out assessments of small and medium-sized producers (SMMs) in areas topic to a FEMA Catastrophe Declaration. 

The award, Catastrophe Restoration Program for the Southwest Area, is in response to the 2 (2) earthquakes January 6 and seven, 2020 off the southwest area of Puerto Rico with magnitudes 5.eight and seven.Four respectively.  President Donald J. Trump signed initially on Jan 16, 2020, a Main Catastrophe Declaration (FEMA-DR-4473) for 10 municipalities.  As of March 13, 2020, this declaration has been modified so as to add others for a complete of thirty-three (33) municipalities within the catastrophe declaration for Puerto Rico.  To help the needs- important components of the catastrophe area (33 municipalities) three (3) potential sectors, that features 1,212 institutions recognized as needing important help.  The mission objective is to help the producers and associated sectors inside the 33 municipalities to enhance their response to main enterprise interruptions and operation challenges by means of the combination of a number of actions and the help of the companions and authorities businesses to help jobs and contribute to the restoring Puerto Rico economic system.  The mission actions embody 5 (5) service parts: (1) – assessments, (2) workshops/ occasions (3) technical help (dangers mitigation- disaster administration plans; catastrophe restoration); (4)- infrastructure assessments and (5)- referral help.   This award is within the quantity of $1,000,000 for an 18-month interval to help over 600 corporations inside of the catastrophe area.

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